Point of Rocks/ Potomac River Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Point of Rocks/ Potomac River Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Point of Rocks, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, road biking, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.1 miles
410 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

road biking






19 days ago

2 months ago

Short and steep, views are worth every bit of it.

3 months ago

4 months ago

I did the quick scramble up the mtn for amazing

7 months ago

Very nice jaunt on a warm November afternoon. Fall colors still around. I followed the directions to scrabble up the hill overlooking the bridge - very pretty views. 3 or 4 trains came by for a little interest. Nice spot!

Going up to the rock overlook (called "The Point") above the Potomac River bridge is a short, steep hike, but doable by most average hikers. The really steep part is a few 100 feet long, so not too bad. I went up with my wife, two 12 year old boys, and two dogs. Coming down is a bit more challenging if you don't have on good hiking boots because you tend to slip on the steep, loose trail. To reach the trailhead, go north from the Point of Rocks parking lot on the towpath till you're under the car bridge, and then turn right to walk through the old canal over to the railroad tracks. The tracks are very active and 3 trains came by while we were there. Once you cross the tracks, just look for the graffiti on the concrete bridgeworks and there's the trailhead going uphill to your left. It's about 25 yards in front of the train tunnel. Once up top, the view is spectacular of Virginia, Maryland, and the river. Then the trail peters out quickly into the woods, so just turn and come back down the same way you went up. Can't beat the views on this hike!

8 months ago

Awesome view once you reach the top. For a shorter hike you can park at the boat ramp and walk up the trail by the Parking lot, then cross the train tracks under the bridge. It's extremely steep for the first couple hundred feet but after that it's a steady incline

9 months ago

Easy straight walk

11 months ago

Definitely worth the drive!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Found the ultra secret local trail to the lookout point on the rocks. Cross tracks under the bridge from the C & O trail parking lot and you will see a path that goes straight up at the base of the bridge. Pretty steep climb so not for everyone. But the view is awesome and worth it.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

There is not a defined trail to the top of the rocks. Park at the C&O Canal parking lot. Walk over to US 15, cross the road and start climbing upwards. Use a GPS to guide you to the top. At the top, there's a hint of a trail. Follow it towards the east to the overlook.

Friday, May 22, 2015

I'm a local here and travel this trail very often. Have to go over the train tracks at the bridge and have to get very close to the road. But a short steep hike that shows a very nice view of the Potomac. We refer to it as THE POINT.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The trail is not marked and requires that you cross a set of active train tracks. However, worth the trip. A short but steep climb leaves you on a set of two rock outcrops with a great view of the Potomac just above and to the north of the RT15 Point of Rocks bridge that connects MD with VA. There was no one else on the trail the day we hiked (beautiful, cool Saturday morning. The connecting B&O canal trail leads you to the trailhead just north of the bridge on the right. The trail is found at the base of the bridge structure.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011